Japan Airlines (JAL) and Vistara have expanded their codeshare partnership which will give passengers additional options when travelling between Japan and India.
Starting March 15, the two carriers will provide codeshare services on JAL’s international routes to India, as well as on connecting flights to major cities in their respective countries.
Through this agreement, JAL will add 13 new destinations to its international network in India, such as Goa and Amritsar, while Indian carrier Vistara will add five cities in Japan in its virtual network, which are Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.
The following codeshare routes will start from March 15, 2020:
International routes operated by JAL
Domestic routes operated by JAL in Japan
- Haneda-Osaka Itami
- Haneda-Osaka Kansai
- Narita-Osaka Kansai
Domestic routes operated by Vistara in India
The following codeshare routes will begin from March 29, 2020:
JAL’s Tokyo-Delhi codeshare route will first start with the Narita-Delhi service, which will be operated until March 28 this year and will be replaced by the Haneda-Delhi service from March 29.
Ticket sales for the new codeshare routes will start from March 6.
Commenting on the expanded partnership, Hideki Oshima, Japan Airlines’ executive officer for international relations and alliances, said: “The travel demand from India to Japan has more than doubled in the past decade, making this a key market for Japan Airlines.
“By strengthening our partnership with Vistara, we will provide an international network that better matches the actual needs of our mutual customers,” he added.
Vinod Kannan, chief commercial officer, Vistara, said: “We’re thrilled to have further deepened our relationship with Japan Airlines with this expanded codeshare agreement.
“Japan is a strong market for business and leisure travellers from India and this partnership will help us offer greater convenience, ease of connection and increased choices to our customers traveling to different cities in Japan.”
JAL and Vistara first signed a codeshare agreement in early 2019, which saw JAL place its code JL on 32 flights on Vistara’s domestic network, including seven cities.